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Federal postage laws.

--The Post-Office Department at Washington has prepared circular instructions in relation to the recent passage of Postal laws, etc. It is therein explained that cards, either blank or printed, and blanks in packages weighing not less than eight ounces, and packages of seeds or cuttings not exceeding eight ounces in weight, shall be charged in the postage at the rate of one cent an ounce or fraction of an ounce to any place in the United States under fifteen hundred miles, to be prepaid by stamps. All packages, except seeds or cuttings, must be so packed and marked that their true character may be seen.

Maps, engravings, lithographs, or photographic prints on rollers or in paper covers; books, bound or unbound; phonographic paper and letter envelopes, are to be deemed mailable matter and charged with postage by the weight of the package — not in any case to exceed four pounds, at the rate of one cent an ounce or fraction of an ounce to any place in the United States under one thousand miles, and at the rate of two cents an ounce or fraction of an ounce over fifteen hundred miles, to be prepaid by postage stamps.

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